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Practicing Body Awareness Can Improve Overall Health

By Stephen R. Farris

Are you connected to your body? 

What I mean is, do you practice body awareness? Body awareness is basically recognizing certain signs that can range from when you feel hungry for instance. Another example is when you're working out and you've reached your max for that workout. That's your body letting you know it's time to take a break.

Body awareness is one of those complicated, yet not so complicated things. It's really about being in touch with yourself, not just your emotional side, but with the physical as well. 

There are many benefits of body awareness, but the one that hits home the most is when you're able to reach that mind-body connection, you'll be able to recognize what it's telling you and you'll be able to handle yourself better emotionally and physically.

Other benefits of body awareness include a few of the following below.

Better Manage Weight

When we're not aware of what our body is telling us, according to studies, we might allow ourselves to eat unhealthy food at times we shouldn't be. By that I mean -- more or less -- eating when we don't feel hungry. Over time, this practice can lead to obesity, and we know the risks that it puts on our overall health.

Better Management of Pain

Studies show that people that have the mind-body connection tend to be able to manage pain better than those who aren't. People who do not have mind-body connection usually have low self-esteem, less frequent physical contact, and may be suffering from depression.

Improved Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Sometimes our bodies don't always pick up on signals when it comes to our environment surrounding us, therefore putting us in a more stressful state. But when the vestibular (organs in the inner ear that control our spatial orientation) and proprioceptive (in charge of telling when and how our muscles move) systems are in sync, we feel more secure in our environment, making anxiety, depression, and vertigo, less taxing on our bodies.

Speaking of body awareness, when you start to feel pain in your back, neck and joints, that's probably a sign your body is telling you to get those pains checked out. The best way to get relief is to visit your local chiropractor such as the ones that can be found at The Joint Chiropractic. No appointment is necessary at any of their more than 500 nationwide locations. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sugar Hill, Ga.

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